Monday, July 29, 2013

Mixed Berry Pavlova ♥

One of my favourite desserts ever is pavlova. I love the mix of a soft, chewy meringue with thick fresh cream and tart berries on top. Pavlova really is the perfect dessert for summer as it's light and a great treat to have when you want to cool down after dinner. I love pavlova so much though that I tend to enjoy it all year round. I used to work in a shop and pavlova was the most popular dessert we sold so I really do think it's a popular dessert and I know why!

To make this delicious dessert you will need -
 4 large egg whites
A pinch of salt
225g/8oz of caster sugar 
4 drops of natural vanilla essence
Mixed berries (or fruit of your choice)
A sprinkle of sugar
250ml of double cream


The Method -
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas 2/Fan Oven 130°C.
  2. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment.
  3. To make the meringue whisk the egg whites and salt into stiff peaks. Slowly fold in the sugar, a bit at a time, whisking well between each addition until the mixture is stiffened and shiny.
  4. Add the vanilla essence and fold in gently.
  5. Spoon the meringue onto the paper in peeks creating a circle with a hollow base in the middle to allow for the cream and berries.This doesn't need to be perfect, just do your best, after all you'll probably mix the whole thing together whilst eating to get all the flavours! Put it in the oven and reduce heat to 120°C/Gas ½/Fan Oven 100°C. Cook for  2 hours, until pale brown but a little soft in the centre.
  6. Take out of the oven and leave to cool completely.
  7. Whip the double cream with the icing sugar until thick. Chop up your fruit if you're using fresh, I used a frozen back of berries for convenience.
  8. Peel the paper off the pavlova and transfer to a plate. Pile on the cream mixture to the hollow middle of the pavlova and add berries to the top. Voila! Your pavlova is ready to enjoy!
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6 comments

  1. I've never tried Pavlova but I really want to! This looks absolutely delicious!

    The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

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    1. It really is! Give it a try one day!

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  2. Mmmm that looks lovely!
    I'm so excited to find another Irish blogger :) I hope we can stay in touch! x

    Sinead | sineaddreamingagain.blogspot.ie

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    1. It is lovely! Nice to meet you, sure we can stay in touch, heading over to your blog now :)

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  3. I love meringue. I don't have an electric whisk though and can't whisk fast enough to make my egg whites stiff! :( xx

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  4. Looks delicious and Ive never tried pavlova. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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